MARINE CORPS BASE HAWAII (July 10, 2018) U.S. Marines with Combat Assault Company, 3rd Marine Regiment, stage AAV-P7/A1 assault amphibious vehicles at Pyramid Rock Beach prior to embarking onto the Royal Australian Navy landing helicopter dock shop HMAS Adelaide (L01) as part of Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) exercise on Marine Corps Base Hawaii. RIMPAC provides high-value training for task-organized, highly capable Marine Air-Ground Task Force and enhances the critical crisis response capability of U.S. Marines in the Pacific. Twenty-five nations, 46 ships, five submarines, about 200 aircraft and 25,000 personnel are participating in RIMPAC from June 27 to Aug. 2 in and around the Hawaiian Islands and Southern California. The world's largest international maritime exercise, RIMPAC provides a unique training opportunity while fostering and sustaining cooperative relationships among participants critical to ensuring the safety of sea lanes and security on the world's oceans. RIMPAC 2018 is the 26th exercise in the series that began in 1971. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Zachary Orr)

U.S. Marines stage assault amphibious vehicles at Marine Corps Base Hawaii's Pyramid Rock Beach prior to embarking the Royal Australian Navy's HMAS Adelaide (L01) during exercise RIMPAC.

U.S. Marine Corps/Sgt. Zachary Orr

Admiral John C. Aquilino

Commander

KAUAI, Hawaii (July 12, 2018) A Japanese Type 12 surface-to-ship missile (SSM-12) is launched by the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force (JGSDF) from Pacific Missile Range Facility Barking Sands, targeting the ex-USS Racine (LST 1191), positioned at sea, during a sinking exercise as part of Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2018. This marks the first time the U.S. Army and JGSDF have participated in a sinking exercise during RIMPAC. Twenty-five nations, 46 ships, five submarines, about 200 aircraft, and 25,000 personnel are participating in RIMPAC from June 27 to Aug. 2 in and around the Hawaiian Islands and Southern California. The world’s largest international maritime exercise, RIMPAC provides a unique training opportunity while fostering and sustaining cooperative relationships among participants critical to ensuring the safety of sea lanes and security of the world’s oceans. RIMPAC 2018 is the 26th exercise in the series that began in 1971. (U.S. Navy photo by Master Chief Mass Communication Specialist Brian Brannon/Released)

RIMPAC units participate in sinking exercise

Live fire from aircraft, a submarine, and land assets sank the decommissioned ex-USS Racine (LST 1191) in the Pacific, July 12.

PUGET SOUND, Wash. (July 12, 2018) The Ohio-class ballistic missile submarine USS Nebraska (SSBN 739) transits the Hood Canal as it returns home to Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor following the boat's first strategic patrol since 2013. Nebraska recently completed a 41-month engineered refueling overhaul, which will extend the life of the submarine for another 20 years. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Amanda R. Gray/Released)

USS Nebraska returns from first strategic deterrent patrol since 2013

Prior to the patrol, a 41-month overhaul extended the life of the ballistic-missile submarine another 20 years.

YOKOSUKA, Japan (July 12, 2018) Secretary of the Navy Richard V. Spencer speaks during a ceremony aboard the guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain (DDG 56) to induct U.S. Sen. John S. McCain III into the ship's official namesake. Expanding the namesake to include Senator McCain honors his family's three generations of dedicated service to the U.S. Navy. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class John Harris)

Senator McCain joins USS John S. McCain namesake

Secretary of the Navy Richard V. Spencer inducted Sen. John S. McCain III into the official namesake of the guided-missile destroyer in a ceremony, July 12.

A missing fishing vessel floats in the Indian Ocean after being located by a U.S. Navy P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft, July 10. The P8-A from Patrol Squadron (VP) 45 joined the search effort at the request of the Sri Lankan Navy. The P-8A is the world’s newest, most capable maritime patrol and reconnaissance aircraft and operates regularly throughout the Indo-Pacific in support of regional security and stability. (U.S. Navy photo)

7th Fleet aircraft locates missing mariners in Indian Ocean

A P-8A Poseidon from Patrol Squadron (VP) 45 located the fishing vessel, July 10.

SAN FERNANDO CITY, Philippines (July 9, 2018) Captain Erwin Lao (left), commanding officer of USNS Millinocket (T-EPF 3), explains the Millinocket’s bridge capabilities to Rear Adm. Joey Tynch, Commander, Task Force 73 (center-left), Capt. Lex Walker, Commodore, Destroyer Squadron 7 (center), Philippine Lt. Gen. Emmanuel Salamat, Commander, Northern Luzon Command (right), during a ship tour as a part of Maritime Training Activity (MTA) Sama Sama 2018. The week-long engagement focuses on the full spectrum of naval capabilities and is designed to strengthen the close partnership between both navies while cooperatively ensuring maritime security, stability and prosperity. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Joshua Fulton/Released)

U.S., Philippines strengthen alliance with Maritime Training Activity 2018

The U.S. Navy and Philippine Navy kicked off Maritime Training Activity (MTA) Sama Sama, July 9.

PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii (June 29, 2018) Mark Griffith, Joint Tele-Critical Care Network, fits a Republic of Indonesia sailor with a virtual reality headset during the Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2018 Inaugural Innovation Fair, June 29. This event is focused on providing an opportunity among government entities and government-sponsored academic institutions (U.S. and foreign) to display, demonstrate, and explain capabilities and technology they have recently or are presently developing. Twenty-five nations, more than 45 ships and submarines, about 200 aircraft, and 25,000 personnel are participating in RIMPAC in and around the Hawaiian Islands and Southern California. The world's largest international maritime exercise, RIMPAC provides a unique training opportunity while fostering and sustaining cooperative relationships between participants critical to ensuring the safety of sea lanes and security in the world's oceans. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Jason Abrams/Released)

C3F hosts inaugural RIMPAC Innovation Fair

Twenty-two countries and nearly 2,000 exhibitors, staff and patrons participated in the U.S. 3rd Fleet-hosted event.

PACIFIC OCEAN (June 28, 2018) An MQ-8C Fire Scout unmanned helicopter conducts underway operations with an MH-60S Seahawk helicopter and the Independence-variant littoral combat ship USS Coronado (LCS 4). The new Fire Scout variant is expected to deploy with the LCS class to provide reconnaissance, situational awareness, and precision targeting support. Coronado is working with Air Test and Evaluation Squadron 1 (VX-1) to test the newest Fire Scout unmanned helicopter. Coronado is one of four designated test ships in the LCS class assigned to Littoral Combat Ship Squadron ONE. (U.S. Navy Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jacob I. Allison/RELEASED)

Milestone MQ-8C Fire Scout Initial Operational Test and Evaluation complete

Results will help determine how best to integrate the Navy's newest unmanned helicopter with LCS and other platforms.

PEARL HARBOR (June 28, 2018) Vice Adm. John D. Alexander, commander of U.S. 3rd Fleet, and multinational participants answer questions about the Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2018 exercise during a press conference at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam. Twenty-five nations, more than 45 ships and submarines, about 200 aircraft and 25,000 personnel are participating in RIMPAC from June 27 to Aug. 2 in and around the Hawaiian Islands and Southern California. The world’s largest international maritime exercise, RIMPAC provides a unique training opportunity while fostering and sustaining cooperative relationships among participants critical to ensuring the safety of sea lanes and security of the world’s oceans. RIMPAC 2018 is the 26th exercise in the series that began in 1971. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Daniel James Lanari/Released)

U.S. Navy kicks off 26th RIMPAC exercise

Adm. John Aquilino and Vice Adm. John Alexander announced the start of the world's largest international maritime exercise at Pearl Harbor.

RIMPAC 2018: Capable · Adaptive · Partners

Twenty-five nations and 25,000 personnel will participate in the world’s largest international maritime exercise, scheduled through Aug. 2.

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